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Pandya stars as Mumbai Indians end CSK’s unbeaten run

first_imgMUMBAI Indians (MI) registered a comprehensive 37-run victory to end Chennai Super Kings’ unbeaten run in IPL 2019 yesterday.Put in to bat first, MI started slowly but late blitzkrieg from Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya helped them end at 170/5.Quinton de Kock (4) departed in just the third over as he looked to up the ante but holed out at square leg with Deepak Chahar drawing first blood.Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav then tried to repair the damage, adding 37 runs for the second wicket. But Ravindra Jadeja cut short the MI skipper’s stay, dismissing him on 13. Rohit edged one to Dhoni who took a smart catch.Tahir then removed in-form Yuvraj Singh (4) cheaply. Krunal Pandya came out all guns blazing, hitting Chahar for three consecutive boundaries. Local boy Suryakumar Yadav looked good as well during his stay, timing the ball well and getting on top of the bounce early.The two took their time but ensured that MI didn’t lose anymore wickets. Suryakumar completed his half-century from 38 balls. However, Mohit Sharma removed Krunal Pandya for 42, with the all-rounder missing out on a deserving half-century. Krunal hit five boundaries and one six.Suryakumar departed for 59 in the next over and that brought big hitters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to the crease.MI were 125-5 after 18 overs and were headed for a below-par score but things changed dramatically in the final two overs.Shardul Thakur conceded 16 runs from the 19th while usually reliable Dwayne Bravo conceded 29 runs from the final over as Mumbai added 45 runs in the final two overs.Pandya hit 25 runs from just 8 balls, with three huge sixes and one boundary. Pollard meanwhile hit 17 from 7 with two sixes, much to the delight of MI dressing room.All the CSK bowlers were among the wickets, with Tahir’s 1-25 being the standout performance. Jadeja interestingly bowled only two overs and ended with figures of 1-10. Bravo’s figures of 1-49 were marred by a disastrous final over.CSK’s chase got off to the worst possible start, with Ambati Rayudu’s struggles with the bat extending further. The opener was removed for a first-ball duck by Jason Behrendorff as he extracted some extra bounce from the wicket.Malinga removed the other opener, Shane Watson, as he hit one straight to Pollard at covers.Behrendorff kept things tight and was soon rewarded with a wicket but it was more due to the fielding brilliance of Pollard on the boundary line.Suresh Raina looked to hit one into the stands, but Pollard stationed at the point boundary took a one-handed blinder, ending with a somersault.MS Dhoni got a hero’s welcome as he joined Kedar Jadhav at the crease. The two steadied the ship for CSK but took their time, completing the 50-partnership. Jadhav targeted Bumrah, hitting him for 15 runs in his first over.Just when the game seemed to be heading to Dhoni territory, Rohit threw the ball to Hardik and the all-rounder delivered by removing Dhoni and Jadeja in the same over.Dhoni hit one straight to square leg, departing for a 21-ball 12. Jadeja nicked one straight to de Kock for 1.After that, it was always going to be an uphill task for the visitors. Jadhav scored a valiant half-century but departed for 58 as he looked to hit Malinga out of the park but only managed a nick to the keeper.Bravo hit one into the third tier but departed next ball for 8, again Malinga getting the wicket.Shardul Thakur did hit a six and a four, ending unbeaten on 10 but it was never going to be enough as MI registered a comprehensive win.Pandya was the standout bowler, ending with figures of 3-20. Malinga also picked up three but conceded 34 runs in his three overs. Behrendorff was the other star performer with the ball, ending with figures of 0-22.last_img read more

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For John Wildhack, Tuesday was a homecoming

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories 3 things John Wildhack said at his introductory press conferenceWhat John Wildhack’s hiring could mean for Syracuse: 6 experts weigh inSyracuse coaches react to John Wildhack’s hiring as director of athletics Published on July 12, 2016 at 7:42 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonaticenter_img Three years, John Wildhack told his parents. Three years and he’d be done at ESPN. He loved sports and he loved going down to “The Cage,” a storage area in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, to pick up a camera. His goal then was to turn passion into profession. On Tuesday, with his itinerary on a long wooden desk in his office and a bottle of water at his side, he thought of why he chose ESPN in 1980, then a startup sports network in the undeveloped town of Bristol, Connecticut.“Because they offered me a job,” he said, laughing.Three years turned into 12 times that until he could turn passion into profession again. That passion brought him back to Syracuse on Tuesday. Fans had clamored for an ‘SU guy’ to fill the Director of Athletics role that Mark Coyle had vacated in May.The way Coyle bolted to Minnesota — head football coach Dino Babers said on Tuesday he found out via a reporter — left a bitter taste for Syracuse supporters. Tuesday was about ridding SU of that taste and making clear that the university has an AD that’s at SU for the long haul. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 1980, Wildhack made the hour and a half trip to Rochester, New York, where ESPN had a team to cover a Professional Bowlers Association event. Ellen Beckwith, who was an executive with the network, interviewed Wildhack in Rochester and recommended him to be hired. It took over 30 years, but Wildhack became one of ESPN’s most tenured employees, seeing the rise of the now-network giant. He saw Bristol rise up as the station’s popularity and success skyrocketed. “When you do that,” he said of seeing the network from infancy to its giant status, “there’s an incredible sense of pride.” The reality of SU’s situation is that it is just a year removed from facing NCAA penalties that will linger for a few more years. While it is by no means a ground-up project, it is in recovery. Last year was the first step to healing, with the athletic program having one of its most successful seasons ever. Just like at ESPN, Wildhack has a chance to put his stamp on SU and build it in his image.At the same time, his challenge at ESPN was always building on already extreme success. The network always managed to stay ahead of its competitors by helping give rise to streaming in sports with ESPN3 or the sports documentary series “30 for 30.” SU’s Olympic sports pose the same dilemma. But realistically, that’s for tomorrow. SU head men’s soccer coach Ian McIntyre said he has yet to meet with Wildhack, who will spend the next few weeks transitioning out of ESPN and in at Syracuse. The first time McIntyre had seen him face to face was Tuesday, before the press conference. Tuesday was more of a pep rally — a homecoming for Wildhack. “It is great to be home,” he said at the beginning of his press conference. For now, that’ll do. Until there are decisions to be made, until he takes over the role in full, until he’s gotten a chance to sit down and actually plan his next few months, right now is just about healing the athletic department after such a sudden departure of the unit’s foremost member. For now, it’s OK to look back at his resume and the potential ways his long tenure at ESPN affects the way he’ll be Syracuse’s AD. It’s OK to extrapolate what he did in his career to what SU needs. It’s even OK to say that, yes, unlike Syracuse former head football coach Doug Marrone, Wildhack has his dream job. For now, it’s even OK to say that the fit “feels so right,” because right now is about the triumph of finding the 11th director of athletics at Syracuse University. Wildhack never did need the bottle of water on his desk, because right now the heat hasn’t quite been turned up. That’ll happen in a couple of weeks. Commentslast_img read more

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